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Reason 4: Worship Brings Compassion and Mercy

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Excerpt from Plugging Into Real Worship by Andrew P. Logan Sr.

It may come as no surprise that one speaks out of the abundance of what is in one’s heart.  King Hezekiah had been before the Lord in both prayer and worship and felt a deep burden for his people who had observed the Passover feast without having fully sanctified themselves. It was from that place of intimate worship that God not only gave the king a heart of compassion for the people, but a desire for them to receive mercy from God.  What is so special about this is that God, seeing King Hezekiah’s heart, and his obedience to all He had directed him to do, God granted the king’s request.

“For many of the people, many from Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not been cleansed, but ate the Passover otherwise than it was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, May the good LORD pardon everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, Jehovah, the God of his fathers, though not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.  And Jehovah listened to Hezekiah and healed the people.” (2 Chronicles 30:18-20)

In the New Testament, we see another example of worship being expressed in the form of a plea for mercy and that plea being granted.  It seems a certain king was led to have his servants account for their talents.  One such servant owed the king ten thousand talents. When it became clear that the servant had no means of his own to repay that debt, the king ordered that all that the servant had, be taken away and sold.  The servant, with a heart of worship and esteem for the king, and in a desperate plea, begged the king for mercy.  It was the sincerity of the servant’s heart in expressing worship that set in motion the king’s compassion toward his servant.

“Therefore the kingdom of Heaven has been compared to a certain king who desired to make an accounting with his servants. And when he had begun to count, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.  But as he had nothing to pay, his lord commanded that he, and his wife and children, and all that he had, be sold, and payment be made. Then the servant fell down and worshiped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me and I will pay you all.  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion and released him and forgave him the debt.” (Matthew 18:23-27)

 Likewise, it is the believers’ sincerity of expressing worship that welcomes and facilitates the moving of the Holy Spirit. Altogether too often, in worship services today, the expressions and delivery of worship are polished, rehearsed, almost sterile instruments seemingly void of any discernible heart sentiment. In writing this, I could not help but notice the word rehearsed.  Immediately, the thought came to mind, the expression of sentiment had died once again.  I am not saying that a team of musicians should not practice together to know how to flow with one another from chorus to chorus and song to song.  What I am intimating is that it must be an expression of the heart, and not just done out of rote.

Further review of the above passage from Matthew also suggests the servant knew exactly what his fate would be without the king’s compassion being given.  Another bold question for the Body of Christ today might be, “Do we truly understand that worship is our only reasonable response for the debt we no longer owe, thanks to Jesus Christ?” It is our continued plea for mercy and sincere appreciation for what He’s already done for us that move His heart toward us.

You may be thinking that based on your circumstances, it is hard to worship God.  It does not come as easy to you as you think it should.  Your feelings are no less legitimate than those of God’s chosen people, held in captivity by the Egyptians.  Their labor grew more and more intense prior to their release.  There was a remnant of people there that knew that they belonged to God, and they cried out to Him for deliverance.  The Israelites believed and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel and that He had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped.  God heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians kept in bondage and God remembered His covenant.

“And I have also heard the groaning of the sons of Israel, those whom the Egyptians are keeping in bondage. And I have remembered My covenant.  Therefore say to the sons of Israel, I am Jehovah, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rescue you out of their bondage. And I will redeem you with a stretched-out arm, and with great judgments.  And I will take you to Me for a people, and I will be to you a God. And you shall know that I am Jehovah your God, who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.  And I will bring you in to the land concerning which I lifted up My hand to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And I will give it to you for a heritage. I am Jehovah!” (Exodus 6:5-8)

We know in reading the rest of this story, that Moses eventually led God’s people out of the land of Egypt, and God remembered His covenant by drying up the Red Sea, allowing them to cross over on dry land, while drowning the Pharaoh and his armies.  It was the obedience of the people to worship God that caused God to remember the covenant He had with them.  Many of us need to make worship a practice so that God remembers the covenant that He made with us, and also, the covenant we have with Him.  That covenant or contract we have with God is an everlasting one, written in the pages of the Bible, and sealed with the blood of Jesus Christ, just as covenants in the Old Testament were sealed with blood.

© Andrew Logan

About the Author:

Andrew Logan has been an integral part of worship for more than 20 years. Passionately, he escorts others into the Presence of God. Andrew maintains that worship invites God to meet with us to bring lasting life transformation that won’t come any other way.

Andrew developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a time of intense struggle in his personal life. Having a strong passion for music, he served the Lord in music ministries in several churches. A few years later, the founder of Life Bible Ministries International, Dr. Harold Hagen ordained Andrew and asked him to lead worship there.

After a rewarding career of more than twenty years in Information Technology, he transitioned into full-time Pastoral Ministry. Andrew now serves as senior pastor of All Nations Word and Worship Center.

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera

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